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Wahoo Fitness KICKR Power Trainer 11-Speed


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Make the most of being inside.

It's been a great season of riding on the roads, but on your last ride you couldn't deny it: there was a hint of fall chill in the air. Come to think of it, the sun seems to have been setting much earlier lately, and the trees on your regular routes are turning orange and red. When did that happen? Consider Wahoo's KICKR Power Trainer when it's time to start thinking about your indoor setup for the cold months ahead. It does its best to make you feel like you're riding outside, offering you the option to create specific, power-based workouts for effective training sessions.

The first thing you may notice about the KICKR is its weight: at a claimed 47 pounds, it's far from the lightest trainer available. But the KICKR isn't trying to be the lightest or the most portable — it includes a 12.5lb high inertia flywheel linked to a cassette to simulate the feel of the road, giving you a more realistic ride and eliminating wear on your rear wheel and tire.

Once you get set up, the KICKR Power Trainer's built-in power meter and resistance unit is controlled wirelessly by Android, Windows, or Apple hardware devices with Wahoo's training app and an impressively comprehensive list of online training sites. It's compatible with ANT+ and Bluetooth as well as most smartphones and computers, so you have your choice of devices and training apps to use with it. It measures speed, distance, power, and cadence at a claimed accuracy of +/-3% without additional sensors. You can choose to set your desired power or resistance yourself or sync the trainer to your training app and not worry about anything but keeping up through the resistance changes.

Though it's foldable, the KICKR Power Trainer needs to be connected to an external power source and must be controlled by a separate device, so it isn't the trainer you'll want to bring with you for pre-race warm-ups. Use the KICKR for its accuracy and for quality indoor workouts that will maintain form carried from summer into late autumn, build winter base miles, and have you ready to get back outside for the races of early spring.

  • Indoor trainer won't let you just sit back and spin
  • Displays power and major metrics on external devices
  • Communicates with Bluetooth and ANT+
  • Sensation of road riding with 12.5lb flywheel and cassette

Tech Specs

Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:
1 year limited

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Avg. ride time: 2h per week
  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

durability possibly an issue

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When my Kickr is working it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread but when it quits working 6 months after purchase it’s frustrating. Yes I had a problem with mine. Overnight the power meter component quit working and without that this trainer isn’t useful. Fortunately, Wahoo customer service is fantastic. They’re quick to respond via email and their phone is quickly answered by one of their friendly employees in Atlanta. For my first issue they sent me a new part (a top cap) to fix the problem and that worked for a month and then it quit working again. After that they sent me a whole new unit with absolutely no hassle. They shipped me a box to return the broken Kickr and shipped me a new Kickr as soon as my old one hit the mail. There was no charge for anything. That’s good service and there’s something to be said for that. In spite of this, I’m leary of long term durability. The warranty is only a year and it did not re-up when I got a new unit. If my Kickr breaks again and it’s outside of the warranty I’ll have to pay for shipping, parts, and labor. Shipping alone will be very expensive since this thing weighs 50 lbs. For the price the warranty should be longer. Maybe my situation was a fluke. Maybe I got a lemon. I really hope that’s the case because to get your money’s worth this Kickr needs to last a long time. Five years from now if I haven’t had another problem I’ll retract this. Please note that as of 2016 Wahoo has released a new version of the Kickr and my comments pertain to the previous model.

Avg. ride time: 1h 19m per week
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Does anyone know what the vibration levels are like compared to a magneto trainer? Same, less, equal or nil?

The Kickr trainers do still produce a bit of vibration, as will any trainer, but it is significantly less for a couple of reasons. The first being that the resistance unit is electronically controlled, it has the ability to produce much more resistance at lower speeds, mitigating the need to reach maximum speed to produce sufficient resistance as on a typical magnetic trainer. The other feature that really helps is the oversized and rather heavy flywheel, that will smooth out the function of the trainer in general, to also reduce the vibrations.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly.

Bradley Gehrig

Customer Account Manager

Office: 801–204-4541

Avg. ride time: 1h 38m per week
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As Real As You Can Get Inside!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was really concerned about spending so much money on a new trainer given that I already had a good one (Lemond Revolution). But one session on this and the comparisons end. Pair this with a virtual training App and you will be hard pressed to find a more realistic experience. I paired it with Zwift and found it difficult to stay away on rest days. Currently I have it paired with FulGaz and love the virtual climbs. If you want to know where you stand in comparison to the pros, trying riding some of the famous tour climbs and you will quickly know if you have what it takes. If the weather or your local terrain prevents you from training hills or mountains, try this and you will be climbing like a mountain goat. If you're serious about training, buy this and you'll see results.

As Real As You Can Get Inside!
Unanswered Question

How do I know that I am purchasing a 2016 fabrication Wahoo kickr ?
Does the product comes with this type of information?

Avg. ride time: 6h 7m per week
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Was shipped to me missing parts

    I have sent a message to Competitive Cyclist, it seems they sent me a returned or non-new trainer. It was missing the power cord for it. No instruction manual or setup guide. I'm fairly disappointed, this should not have happened. I've heard lots of good things about the Kickr but I'm unable to use it as of yet. I'll report back if they can sort this out.

    Most realistic trainer I have used.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Admittedly this trainer is not cheap. And if you want to get the most out of it you will need to invest approx $10 a month for the TrainerRoad app or Zwift. Or both. My limit use to be 1 hour on a trainer, max. I can now ride a 2 hour very focused session; Dialing in the exact watts I want to ride at for different intervals. Set-up is simple. I even swapped out the included Sram cassette with the Campy version. If you go with Campy version and don't know how to remove and install cassette's you may want to talk with customer service and arrange to have it swapped prior to shipping. Keep in mind you will have to purchase a cassette.
    I personally can't hear the noise the trainer makes as my music is much louder, for sure.
    You won't regret the purchase if you have the budget for it. First trainer I've ever rode when I could have ridden outside.!

    Outstanding training, even indoors!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The Kickr has pretty much singlehandedly changed my outlook on indoor training! I have tried most of the options out there and I love riding rollers, but the ability to have realistic feeling, accurately measured training workouts is priceless when forced to ride indoors. The Kickr is the first “smart” trainer I’ve tried out that works all the way around, reliably measures and control the resistance and is easy to set up and use. It is true that the wheel-on models of smart trainers are less expensive, but the feel is not as positive, as you are still relying on friction to spin the unit.

    I have had a small amount of experience with the rear derailleur hitting the trainer, but it was due to a slightly bent derailleur hanger. Once I had a new hanger on there it was fine. As to the concerns I’ve read about the noise, I would say it is just a little bit louder than my Kinetic Road Machine fluid trainer, and about the same noise level as my rollers.

    I would be happy to help you place an order for or answer any questions about the Kickr, or any of our trainer options. I seem to spend more time on them than I should : ) Feel free to call me at 888-276-6396 ex4670 and I can get you taken care of!

    Test before you buy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Some bikes will have an issue with the rear derailleur hitting the trainer and preventing the use of some gears. The problem is cited by several on the internet and Wahoo is aware of the issue. There is no fix currently (Wahoo just says "don't use those gears").
    Riders who only use one or two gears and just want a trainer that gives power data in ERG mode will be satisfied. But, if you expect to be able to use all 11-speed gears and ride "normally" (e.g. in Zwift), take your bike to the shop and try it before you buy it.
    After messing around for two weeks with Wahoo support and many different adjustments and tweaks, I gave up and returned the Kickr.
    My advice is to think carefully whether you really need/want a 'wheel off' trainer; there are several good 'wheel on' alternatives (including one from Wahoo if you can negotiate a price of $650 or less).
    BTW, the Kickr noise is VERY loud. Don't believe the reviews that say 'it's no louder than any other trainer'. Believe me, it is MUCH louder and the pitch of the noise is very irritating. (My basis for comparison is a Kinetic Rock and Roll fluid trainer that I used for two seasons.)

    I have an 11-32 cassette on my bike. What type of cassette does this come with and if it doesn't match, can it be swapped out before shipping? What would the price be. It's an 11-32 Ultegra. Otherwise I could move back to the 11-28 Dura Ace the bike came with and the standard cage. That is assuming the wahoo comes standard with an 11-28, of course.

    Hi Debra,

    This trainer comes with a Sram 11-28 11speed cassette installed. They are unable to be swapped out prior to shipping. However, if you purchase another cassette we would be able to install that for you. If that is needed, please contact our customer service team.



    Will the included SRAM cassette work with Dura-Ace 11-28?

    Avg. ride time: 2m per week
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    Amazing Trainer, but More Compatibility

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I love this trainer, especially for using it with Zwift. I still have to try it on TrainerRoad. It has a very realistic feel while seated, though I wouldn't put all your weight on the front wheel (it's a bit scary). The only concern I had was its compatibility with some of the Garmin products, especially the new Edge 520 computer. It seems that Garmin is using a new Ant+ protocol that the trainer could not communicate with. The people at Wahoo said that a patch would come out in a few months to fix this incompatibility. It came out, but I found that it was too irritating to use the small buttons on the 520 to change the trainer resistance. Instead I got a Wahoo ELEMNT computer, which integrates with the trainer perfectly. Amazing trainer. Well worth the money. And I don't notice the noise so many people complain about.

    Don't share it!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night, shall keep me from my appointed rounds. I love this thing! I have to admit that I originally bought it just to ride Zwift but have added TrainerRoad to my repertoire and it just got better! My only problem is that I let my wife and son try it and now can't use it without removing one of their bikes!

    Avg. ride time: 19m per week
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    Combine with TrainerRoad and Zwift

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Last winter effectively increased my FTP by 50 watts using TrainerRoad and the Kickr. Then had more fun that I ever imagined I could have indoors on a trainer with Zwift. Very high quality item.

    Effective Training Tool

      I recently had the chance to demo one of these and was very impressed. Whether you are using this unit for off season training or pre- ride warm up it definitely gets the job done.Very much a real road feel. Its light weight so very easy to carry around and it doesn't require a rear wheel- no wear and tear on your rim or tire. If you want to take your training to the next level this is a great unit to get you there!
      If you have specific questions feel free to contact me direct. or 801-736-6396 x 4074

      ** the unit comes with an 11 speed sram cassette 11/25 but if you need a 10 speed cassette we can provide one.

      What rubbish! "very much a real road feel", "light weight", "pre-ride warm-up".
      1. Bike is held IMMOBILE WITH REAR WHEEL OFF. There is NO movement side-to-side. Is that "real road feel"?!
      2. The shipping weight is 58 lbs. How is that 'light weight'??!!
      3. The Kickr requires a/c power so your 'warm up' had better be indoors next to the power socket!
      The Kickr gets mostly good reviews because it was the first "smart" trainer with reasonably consistent power measurement. But there are LOTS of compromises in design, comfort and noise (it's loud as a banshee)! The 11-speed model won't shift fully for everyone.
      I get that you're an employee and want to make sales but making patently false claims isn't what we expect from CC.